243539 Moving Breast Cancer Community Assessments into Community and Political Action: The Role of Partnerships and Collaborations in Advocacy

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 11:30 AM

Nadine Barrett, PhD, MA, MS , Manager, Community Health, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Global Headquarters, Dallas, TX
Susan G. Komen for the Cure's promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to discover the cures. Once every two-years Susan G. Komen for the Cure's local Affiliates across the nation conduct comprehensive community-provider needs assessments to identify social cultural and structural barriers that influence access and utilization of quality breast cancer care. A significant component of the assessment is to identify priorities that lead to the development of action plans and strategies to address the needs through resource mobilization among key stakeholders. Findings from the assessments highlight important policies that influence access to care and the seamless transition throughout the continuum of care, particularly for uninsured, underinsured, underserved and high-risk populations across the nation. As a result, coalitions, partnerships and collaboratives formed among key stakeholders to strategically respond to the political context and policies that have influenced access to breast cancer services for the underserved in several areas across the nation. This presentation describes the role of community needs assessments in identifying the political structure that influence access to breast cancer care and the process of engaging key stakeholders to align their interests to address the needs in their communities. The impact of these initiatives on policy and the long-term implications and directions for the future are discussed.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe at least 2 examples where breast cancer community health assessments/research have served to identify the impact of health policies at the state level. 2. Identify at least 2 mechanisms that enhance stakeholder engagement in community-based policy initiatives through community health assessments/research. 3. Discuss the nuances associated with moving translational research into policy initiatives with diverse key stakeholders. 4. Describe the results of breast cancer translational research driving policy initiatives through county and state level collaborations and partnerships.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a PhD in Medical Sociology and a MS in Public Health. I have had over 11 years of public health experience among diverse communities and across several chronic diseases. I am currently working for Susan G. Komen for the Cure as a manager in Community Health for the US, Puerto Rico, Germany, and Italy.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.